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Something was missing in North Lawndale. When Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick walked down the street, it was hard to pinpoint exactly what it was, but when she visited another part of the city, it became clear.

“It’s the tree canopy that’s making a difference,” she said. “It’s beautiful, it’s green, it’s fresh, it’s vibrant.”

With only 10.7% of its land shaded by trees, some blocks are completely bare. The citywide average is 16%. From 2011 to 2021, the neighborhood received on average 4.1 new trees per street mile, a seventh of the tree-planting rate in the North Side’s Edgewater neighborhood.

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